Beta / Alpha Reading

Conventional and self-published authors don’t live in solitude to create a book. While the writing process itself may require time away from the world, the process of turning a manuscript into a book requires a team. It’s important you get the best fit for your team so your work is the best it can be.  Part of that team includes Alpha and Beta Readers.

Alpha Readers assist writers by offering a reader’s perspective for a manuscript after an initial draft. The manuscript often has not been edited. It’s not uncommon for an Alpha to read before the author edits the first draft.

Beta Readers assist writers by offering a reader’s perspective for a manuscript which has been edited and is shortly due for publication.

You can read more about what they are, how they benefit authors, and how to become one in Alpha Beta You’re Confused about Readers

Having a mix of readers, including those within your target audience, will ensure plot holes, character development issues, audience expectations and experience, and readability (level, flow/pacing) are all considered before your book gets published. Both conventional and self-published authors use alpha and beta readers.

As a professional editor, author, and writing coach, Catherine will bring a unique perspective to your book, be it fiction or non-fiction. She will consider key concepts and mechanics other readers might not think of. Each of the professionals she works with also bring dedicated and unique perspectives and experience. When you work with Catherine or any of the listed readers, you get passionate and effective feedback from industry professionals.

Catherine and the professionals she works with may consider any or all of the following and more when reading your work:

  1. Reading level
  2. Mechanics (punctuation, spelling, dictionary (US, UK, CAD, AUS), capitalization, syntax)
  3. Social/political implications
  4. Character depth and development
  5. Plot cohesion
  6. Pacing and flow
  7. Interest Level/Marketability
  8. Logical and Factual consistency
  9. Reader by-in and belief (such as cohesive physics and magic, likeliness of actions of characters and outcomes of plot)
  10. Format
  11. Points in the story that stop the reader
  12. Points in the story that compel the reader to continue reading
  13. Themes, motifs
  14. Messages in the story
  15. Your goals for the manuscript
  16. Similar books already published in your genre
  17. Placement and appeal of graphics / art using principles of design

If you would like to have Catherine or her team on your manuscript’s team as an editor or Alpha or Beta Reader, message her directly with the details of your manuscript, word count, deadline, genre, a 1500 word or one Chapter Sample, audience, type of editing you want (if you know) and any other information that you wish to share which will help to assess your manuscripts needs.

Catherine and her team offers customized quotes, secured payment methods, quick turnarounds, and will work to fit your budget. Before beginning work, Catherine (and/or her team members) will finalize cost with you based on an evaluation of your needs, the project needs, and size of the project.

Suggestions are in the form of edits and comments within the manuscript and an additional report.

Timeline for Alpha/Beta Read is usually 2-8 weeks depending on the manuscript.

All services are customized to meet the needs of the author and the work. Not satisfied with the work Catherine or her team has offered? Let us know and we’ll make it right. Services are subject to required taxes in service provider’s jurisdiction.


Manuscripts seeking Beta Reading must have already been edited by a professional editor and near ready for publication. For Alpha reading, a manuscript must be at least fully drafted. For incomplete manuscripts please consider substantive/structural/developmental editing or coaching services instead.



Get a read through with comments from an editor that focuses on reader perspective, common writing mistakes, issues with structure or character and more at any stage in the manuscript’s development.

Reading/editing interests: paranormal/urban fiction, coming of age stories, dystopian, mystery, romances, sci-fi, and fantasy in general for young, new, and adult readers, pet stories/guides, travel memoirs, unique personal memoirs, feminist literature and stories, and fiction stories geared at middle-grade readers.

She does not read or edit horror or erotica.

$130 CAD each work for anything 99000 words to 180000 words
$88 CAD each work for anything between 50000-98999 words
$66 CAD each work for anything under 49999 words

See editing for add-ons.

Catherine also offers writing services, workshops, presentations, resumé consulting and coaching, and more. For more information on these, please contact her at



Please note that joint services are between independent contractors and the author/owner. Each independent contractor may have different pricing, terms/contracts, and services beyond the below promotions. Please contact the independent contractor(s) directly to discuss additional services.


NICOLE MARTIN $60 CAD per read regardless of size

Reading interests: Non-fiction, psychology, Fiction: dystopian and post-dystopian, general fantasy, mystery (not true crime), sci-fi, especially ones with happy endings and animals.


JOINT BETA/ALPHA READ for manuscript up to 90,000 words $120 USD (Between Catherine and one of the following consultants)

Nicole Martin, John Jeng, Jesse Savage